Posted by: Jeremiah Graves | June 16, 2012

Crowdsourcing: The Burger King Embargo

My Faithful Readers, the Burger King Embargo is officially on life support.

Two months ago, I blogged about the Bacon Sundae that Burger King was test marketing in Nashville.

At the time I said, and I quote:

“I think it’s safe to say that if this sucker finds its way to Boston, the Burger King Embargo is likely to die a quick, salty and sweet death.”

Admittedly, I was skeptical that this concoction would ever find its way out of the testing stages. I mean, it sounds awesome on paper, but would people actually get on board with a bacon sundae; let alone one from a fast food joint?

It turns out the answer is yes…or at least Burger King hopes it’s a yes, because they officially went nationwide with this sucker last Thursday.

The story by the Associated Press gives a quick rundown of what the now infamous Bacon Sundae is all about:

…the company is also offering a bacon sundae — vanilla soft serve with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon — that started in Nashville, Tenn. earlier this year.

The salty-sweet dessert clocks in at 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.

As is often the case when something of this nature hits the interwebs, I had roughly two dozen people hook me up with links announcing the nationwide launch of the Bacon Sundae and the big question now appears to be whether or not I’m actually going to break the four year old Burger King Embargo to sample it.

I’m torn.

…is it worth it?!

I mean don’t get me wrong, I really want to know how this thing tastes, but four years is a long time.

If I throw away the BK Embargo and this thing tastes like dog poo—which is entirely possible given many of the reviews I’ve encountered—I am going to be hella-disappointed in myself.

The Burger King Embargo was enacted at a time when I walked by Burger King multiple times every day on my way to and from work. Now, the only Burger King within sniffing distance is in the food court of a nearby mall. As such, my desire to hunt down those delicious flame-broiled patties is almost non-existent.

So maybe I don’t, you know, need an embargo anymore and it won’t be such a big deal if I break it?! Heck, maybe I can rely on self-imposed moderation?!

Granted, I always think that I can handle self-imposed moderation at McDonald’s when the McRib comes back, but I’ll inevitably go on a binge that sees me eating three dozen McRibs.

Perhaps the best thing to do is leave it up to fate:

If I happen to find myself at or near Burger King and I’m in the mood to give it a whirl, I’ll go for it.

If I don’t find myself at or near a Burger King during the limited engagement this tempting treat is around for, well then so be it, the Embargo will live on.

Now if only I could determine if this is the right move or just plain stupid. I mean come on, how often is anyone going to be selling a bacon sundae, right?!

In situations like this, there is only one logical thing to do and that’s turn to you, My Faithful Readers, to gather input and make my important life decisions for me.

I want to hear it in the comments, what the hell should I do about the Bacon Sundae and the Burger King Embargo?!

Should I breakdown, end the Burger King Embargo, and eat the Bacon Sundae?!

Should I use the aforementioned “leave it up to fate” plan?!

Should I just stay the hell away from Burger King and let the Embargo live on?!

Whichever answer has the most response by midnight on June 25th wins.



  1. You just blog to make me angry, don’t you?


  2. I think if you had someone else buy the Bacon Sundae for you, it wouldn’t technically count. You know, like a Han Solo-style Bacon Sundae smuggler? (Come to think of it, maybe that was Jabba the Hutt’s problem.)


  3. Ill try it. Then I’ll let you know if its worth it.


    • That might be a good move. So far the reviews are not too kind, but the peeps who dig it, REALLY dig it.


  4. You would regret not doing it more than doing it. Just eat this terrible mixture of food and tell the world how it went.


    • …but if it terrible, it’s totally not worth breaking a four-year-old embargo!!

      I believe this is the type of situation that led them to pen the lyrics to “Hard Knock Life.”


  5. make a bacon sundae at home to satisfy the craving, it will probably be way better than something from the BK lounge


  6. So NOT worth 510 calories. You could totes have an awesome MEAL for that.


  7. You don’t need to go to BK for their bacon sundae. Jack in the Box offers a bacon milkshake. Out of curiosity, I tried it. It was strangely yummy and satisfying. But it’s also very rich, so I couldn’t finish the entire thing (and I got a small, because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it). My only complaint is that while it totally satisfied my sweet tooth AND the yen for bacon, I ended up with burps that tasted like bacon. And vanilla ice cream. Which was weird.


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